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8 Tips For Making Healthier Choices, Part 2

27.07.2016

Welcome to part 2 of 8 tips for making healthier choices. These 8 tips were originally written by the Food Standard Agency in 2010. Much of it is still just as relevant today, but we have modified certain aspects in order to bring it to the present day recommendations. These practical tips on eating well are designed to simply help you feel your best each and every day.

 

We hope you find this final installment useful and helpful in your quest to leading the healthiest lifestyle possible. 

Two key points of a healthy diet are:

a. Eating the right amount of food for how active you are

b. Eating a range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet

This advice is suitable for most adults. But if you are pregnant, breast feeding, trying for a baby or are a looking for advice for children or older people, seek further advice from your health practitioner.

 

5. Aim to eat less salt – no more than 6g per day for adults

  • 82% of men and 65% of women in the UK eat too much salt every single day
  • Adults and children over 11 years old should have no more than 11g a day. Children under 11 should have even less
  • We consume approximately ¾ of our salt intake from that which is already in the foods we buy. Things such as breakfast cereals, soups, bread, ready meals and sauces
  • Too much salt can lead to an increase in blood pressure
  • People with raised blood pressure are more likely to suffer from heart disease or a stroke
  • Food that has more than 1.5g salt (or 0.6g sodium) per 100g is high in salt
  • Food that has 0.3g salt (0.1g sodium) or less per 100g is low in salt

 

6. Be active and maintain a healthy body weight

  • Being overweight can lead to health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Being underweight can also negatively affect your health
  • Check your BMI and hip-to-waist ratio to see if you are a healthy weight
  • If you need to lose some weight, then aim to only eat as much food as you need. Also try to make healthy choices by choosing low-fat and low-sugar foods. Eat plenty of fruit and veg and wholegrains and become more active
  • Eat a wide and varied diet
  • Become more active. This needn’t mean you religiously attend the gym. Perhaps join a class, do something with friends, or simply take the dog for a walk
  • Crash diets are not sustainable or healthy. Aim to lose weight gradually (1-2lb per week), until you reach a health weight

 

7. Drink plenty of water

  • Drink 6-8 glasses (1.2 litres) fluid daily
  • Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee all count
  • Both men and women should consume no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, spread over a minimum of 3 days with 2 consecutive days clear of alcohol
  • Limit fruit juice and/or smoothies to 150ml per day
  • Avoid fizzy drinks that are high in sugar

 

8. Eat breakfast

  • Will kick-start your energy for the day ahead
  • Research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight
  • Porridge is a great start to your day. Cheap and filled with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Have hot in the morning and why not try our overnight no-cook porridge

 

For more about healthy eating please click on the boxes below.   

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